Dear AIS Members,
Given the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are now confined to our homes, and universities have largely cleared out with faculty and staff working and teaching remotely. Many organizations have cancelled, or are in the process of cancelling, their conferences. While the future even a few weeks away is hard to predict, forecasts now are preparing us to expect that life will not be returning to normal for several months. In light of this, we regretfully are left with no choice but to cancel the AIS conference, originally scheduled for this June in New Orleans.
We want to extend our appreciation to the Tulane University team -- Brian Horowitz, Michael Cohen, Ari Ofengenden, and Brandy Perry, as well as Anina Selve -- for putting together a wonderful program and for making all the arrangements at Tulane. We also want to thank the many of you who served on the program committee. I also wanted to thank Asaf Shamis and Ilan Ben Ami from the AIS.
Our hosts at Tulane understandably feel that the fall semester will also be too uncertain to plan for any postponement of the conference. They have also decided that they would prefer that we proceed with our original plans to hold the next AIS conference at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the summer of 2021. If you submitted a paper or panel to this year’s conference in New Orleans, and wish to resubmit that project for the next conference, you are welcome to do so. If you have already registered for the planned New Orleans conference, you can choose to be reimbursed, or have that fee cover your registration for the next conference. Please contact AIS Treasurer Ilan Ben Ami (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your preference.
We also want to thank all the award committees for all their hard work and will of course announce all the winners when that work is completed.
We know this is a stressful time for all members and hope that you and your families stay well and healthy.
The 2020 Conference Team: